Is Angelina Jolie Suing the FBI?
A woman has been allowed to file an anonymous Freedom of Information Act suit against the FBI, and Politico thinks it might be Angelina Jolie.
The decision to allow “Jane Doe” to file the case against the FBI was released Monday, after which Politico suggested that many of the details in the order mirror reports from Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce proceedings. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell said that the case was related to an FBI investigation into alleged “physical and verbal” abuse by Doe’s then-husband while she and their “minor children” were traveling on a private plane “several years ago,” Politico reported.
A statement from the FBI confirming that an inquiry was being considered and another noting the inquiry was concluded without action apparently resemble the allegations made by Jolie when she filed for divorce from the actor, Politico continued.
Doe was represented by a high-powered attorney, which Politico suggested was unusual for a FOIA case.
The attorney in question is Amanda Kramer, who formerly worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, according to Politico. She told the outlet she was “unable to comment on the identity of Jane Doe, who has sought to preserve the family’s privacy.”
“Our position is that victims and survivors should be able to access federal agency records of crimes they experienced or reported, as is common at the state level, so they can advocate for help and trauma care and legal protection for their children and themselves,” she reportedly added. “Our client has been seeking such records for years and has been stonewalled and has had to resort to court action to receive those much-needed records. Legislative remedies are necessary.”
Kramer requested that the entire FOIA lawsuit be kept under seal due to concerns about possible impact her client and her client’s children’s privacy, Politico continued. Howell declined the request, saying that an anonymous filing would be enough to protect their privacy, the report noted.
The outlet went on to note that Jolie had been lobbying for the reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act on Capitol Hill. Jolie was present when Biden signed the reauthorization in March, The Hill reported.